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New project to help Yakima County programs

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- A team of nine volunteers with the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America is lending a hand to several programs in Yakima County.

Each VISTA volunteer who completes the year-long service will receive a small living allowance, health benefits, and an end of service educational award.

Yakima County VISTA Program Coordinator David Hacker is glad to see the new project take place, especially during these tough economic times with state and county budget cuts and freezes.

"So the need is tremendous to bring volunteers in to help fill the gap that we're seeing. and the need to increase the ability of all of these agencies to do the work. this is a critical time for that," said Hacker.

VISTA volunteers will be placed at the Noah's Ark Drop in Center and Shelter in Wapato, Yakima County Homeless Network's Resource Committee, People for People, Citizens for Safe Communities, Sunnyside Promise, and the United Way.

Hacker says during their service, VISTA volunteers will develop valuable skills and learn firsthand the realities of living in poverty.

Funding for the project comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service, Yakima Valley Community Foundation, United Way, and Yakima County System of Care.

VISTA volunteers arriving from outside of the area will also be in need of affordable housing, appliances and furnishings. If you are interested in helping out the volunteers or becoming a volunteer, contact David Hacker at 509-961-4692 or